Posts Tagged ‘Summer 2011


Top 5 Exfoliating Scrubs

Exfoliating your skin promotes radiance and health

“The body is meant to be seen, not all covered up”

Marilyn Monroe

Exfoliating our skin every few days is key to achieving glowing body parts in the summer months, especially when said body parts have not seen the daylight since the sunny season came to an end nine months ago.

The ingredients in exfoliating scrubs serve to buff our skin by removing dead skin cells and subsequently expose the layer of new skin cells underneath. Yes, it’s a chore and one extra thing to add to your shower-time ‘to do’ list, but the results are undoubtedly worth the effort. What’s more, it can combat the long term effects of aging and minimise cellulite. So grab yourself a mitt, sponge or brush and get scrubbing with our top 5 exfoliators!

1. Elemis Devils Mint Body Scrub, 150ml, £24

If you’re looking for top-of-the-league skincare, then look no further than in Elemis’ range. Although slightly pricey, Elemis’ spa-worthy products can do no wrong, offering quality ingredients and skin-friendly cosmetics. This refreshing mint-infused scrub uses revitalising sea plant particles and antiseptic Essential Peppermint Oil to rid your torso of old skin.

2. The Sanctuary Radiance Exfoliator, 100ml, £10.20

The fine particles of this scrub promotes a non-abrasive and less harsh formula, combining apricot granules and grape seed for exfoliation purposes with natural pumpkin, pineapple and papaya extracts to renew. While this exfoliator is specifically stated for facial use, The Sanctuary’s Body Scrub employs orange oil and pumice particles for a more rigorous all-over exfoliation.

3. Simple Exfoliating Body Wash, 250ml, £2.05

For those of sensitive skin type, try Simple’s dermatologically tested and non-perfumed body wash. Pro Vitamin B5 softens and smoothes the skin, as natural loofah ensures pesky dead skin is washed away. Use alongside Simple Oil Balancing facial exfoliator of the same brand which incorporates witch hazel and zinc to exfoliate the face while simultaneously eradicating oil build-up.

4. L’Occitane Brightening Instant Exfoliator, 75ml, £24

For those who suffer from an uneven skin tone or mild Rosacea, L’Occitane’s offer in exfoliation is a good bet. The Bellis Perennis extract is responsible for evening out your complexion, while the pure and organic Immortelle Essential Oil stimulates collagen production and cell renewal for more youthful, healthier skin.

5. DIY exfoliator

The cheapest of the bunch and just as effective, a homemade body exfoliator can work wonders to enhance skin radiance. A Honey Cinammon scrub will work wonders for sufferers of mild skin conditions – mix 2tbsp of honey with 2tbsp of cinammon, apply in circular motions to the desired areas and wash off with warm water. Alternatively 2tbsp of white/brown sugar mixed with 4tbsp of olive oil, infused with an optional few drops of Essential Oil such as lavender, acts as another revitalising scrub.

Telltale tip: Always moisturise after exfoliating in order to lock in hydration and protect the new layer of skin from the drying effects of the summer weather


Guestpost: Summer hair removal methods

Rough legs are a thing of the past with hair removal methods aplenty at your disposal

Accompanying the thought of summer fast approaching and plans to wear skirts, dresses and bikinis comes perhaps one of the biggest headaches of the year: removing that unwanted body hair!

While every girl certainly has her own unique areas that need attention, the bikini line and the legs are undoubtedly two of the areas that most girls want to do something about. Luckily, there are many different hair removal methods to choose from for those of us who want to prepare ourselves for the hotter months.

Hair removal can be divided into two categories – temporary removal and permanent/prolonged reduction methods.

Temporary hair removal

The most popular temporary methods are shaving and waxing. The trick to a good shave is investing in the best razor one can find, and pairing it with shaving cream or soap that lathers well. Gently pressing the razor against the skin while moving it upwards against the direction of hair growth and rinsing the razor between strokes is key, but no shave in the world leaves skin smooth for more than a day.

That is where waxing comes in, serving to remove hair and keep re-growth at bay for up to two weeks. However, even waxing has its fair share of inconveniences: getting waxed professionally once a month can prove expensive, while doing it yourself can turn into a tricky, and sticky, mess. Yet the biggest disadvantage of waxing by far is that hair needs to be a certain length before it can be removed, which means putting up with not-so-smooth body parts for a week or two. Therefore, before a special event or occasion, waxing can be quite a convenient solution, but in the summer time, when more of your body is on show on a regular basis, this isn’t the best option. So what’s a girl to do? For me personally, prolonged reduction is very helpful!

Permanent hair removal

While a lifelong absence of hair cannot be guaranteed, with repeated treatments hair can be drastically diminished, or

Brave it and bare it with a hair-free bikini bod

even disappear altogether, and for a long period of time. Hair removal methods that come close to offering permanency are minimal (there are only three) but readily available: laser hair removal, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and electrolysis. Out of the three, IPL and laser hair removal are the most comparable, and are the only two considered a realistic solution for the legs and bikini line. In contrast, Electrolysis treats one hair at a time and is thus considered impractical for areas other than the face.

Laser hair removal and IPL can certainly be efficient for hair removal on the legs and bikini line, yet a single treatment is never enough, and learning about the hair growth cycle can help you to understand this. The number of sessions needed is always unique, depending on size of the area, coarseness of the hair and progress, but about six to eight sessions is average. Exact results are hard to predict in advance, but in the hands of an experienced practitioner, laser hair removal should take care of most growth and leave skin feeling smoother for much longer than both shaving and waxing.

Guest post by hair removal enthusiast Maria Bastet, who has undergone numerous temporary and prolonged hair reduction treatments


Guest post: Summer Skincare

Glow like Rihanna with these skincare tips

The elements of Summer can take their toll on our skin. Things like heat, chlorine and humidity can damage your skin during the Summer months, and even though it may not seem like it, the season is almost upon us. So in order to prepare your skin for the hot weather ahead and keep it looking healthy and feeling smooth, here are some tips on taking care of your skin this Summer.

Be sure to use SPF every day – Even when it’s raining or cloudy. You should always apply SPF 15 minutes before you leave your home and every two hours after that. You should also reapply it after you’ve gone swimming because the water will wash off the sunscreen. The fairer your skin, the higher the factor your sunscreen should be to prevent burning.

Use moisturiser every day – Instead of the thick, intense moisturiser that you use during the Winter, get a lighter one so that your skin can breathe and not feel suffocated. If your moisturiser has SPF in it, it’s a good idea to find out how much, but if you’re moisturiser contains less than 15% sunscreen, you should apply some SPF underneath in order to minimise sun damage.

Exfoliate – Use a exfoliator and scrub solution weekly to remove the dead skin cells from your face and body and keep your skin looking radiant. Be sure not to overdo it because freshly exfoliated skin is more sensitive; once a week is plenty during the Summer.

Drink lots of water – On a regular day, you should drink eight glasses of water, but in the Summer try to drink more so that your entire body maintains hydration and feels energized.

Consult your dermatologist – Check with your dermatologist before you continue using acne products, as when mixed with sweat the active ingredients in them can cause the skin to become irritated.

These easy-to-follow tips should help you get through the Summer season by maintaining the natural beauty of your skin. Have a fun summer!

Radiant Summer skin is but a few steps away

Written by Aleya Bamdad of the Manhattan Beauty School, Hair Design Institute


Guest Post: Summer Beauty Trends 2011

The beauty trends for Summer 2011 revolve around bright colours and serve to make your features ‘pop’. These trends, that are the norm on the runway but not necessarily on the streets because of their brave nature, can be worn by any age at whatever time of day. Here are the more popular beauty trends expected this season and some tips on how you can wear them.

Pink eyeshadows are key this Summer

Bright Eyes– Bright pink or light red eye shadow creates a surprising, yet stunning, look for Summer. The colors bring warmth and energy to your look and can dress up your outfit even if you’re wearing jeans and a simple t-shirt. Purple eye shadow is also trendy for the Summer and is a safer alternative than the more garish shades of pink and red.


Hot Pink Lips– The bold look of hot pink lips is a great way to celebrate the warm season and looks great on any skin color. Blue-based pink hues look great on paler complexions, while orange-based tints suit darker skin tones.

Matte Lips– Put away the lip gloss and try out a matte lipstick. This look holds a bit more of an edge

Christina Aguilera sports this season's top trend: a bold lip

and tends to show more of the lines in your lips. However, when applied properly it can leave a lasting impression of style and sophistication.


Graphic Nails– You can still paint your nails with pinks and corals this Summer, but if you really want to make a statement try painting a design on your nails. Brightly coloured polka dots, animal prints and stars are currently very popular.

Braids– Braid your hair in any fashion you desire. Leave the braid down, put it up in a bun, or use several as elegant details to an up or down ‘do – the possibilities are endless.

An oversized bun will keep you cool and score you fashion points

Oversized Buns– Keep cool and keep your hair off your neck by tying it into an oversized bun, as high up on your head as possible. To make this look really stand out, add a colorful hair accessory to your hairstyle.


The point of the 2011 Summer trends is to have fun. Revisit your childhood by daring to bare bold colours, being sure to keep your skin-tone firmly in mind. You’ll be amazed at how young and fresh you feel.

Written by Aleya from the Manhanttan beauty school, Hair Design Institute, as part of their blogger outreach programme. Visit their site here

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